Tag Archives: Science Fiction

The Circle [2017]

Often when I read a negative review about a film, I’ll eventually come to the conclusion that the reviewer brought their own agenda to the review rather than coldly evaluating the work in its own terms. How valid that is … Continue reading

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Best Picture Oscar: Arrival [2016]

Aliens arrive, and linguist Louise Banks is sent to find out how to communicate with them. Interwoven with that, from the first scene, is her remembering the tragic life of her daughter, who died young. This is breathtaking science fiction … Continue reading

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The Martian [2015]

I broadly enjoyed The Martian at least in part because until after I’d seen it, nobody described it as Robinson Crusoe In Space – there is actually a film literally named that, but I’ve never seen it. “Robinsonades” could be … Continue reading

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Tomorrowland [2015]

Plucky young whiz-kid overcomes all odds to save the world using the power of Science!!! and Optimistism!!! Which sounds terribly positive, probably an antidote to our somewhat downbeat world, where the smart play seems to be the last fiddler left … Continue reading

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Jupiter Ascending [2015]

It would be easy to take a dim view of this utterly bonkers “Science Fiction” epic; if you’re coming to this from the basically modern tradition of realistic narrative cinema, you’re going to be disappointed. We have been seduced by … Continue reading

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Ex Machina [2014]

The surface of this film is about a young programmer trying to decide whether a robot has fully-fledged Artificial Intelligence, or whether it is merely a cunning simulacrum. This intelligence has been housed in an odd body – a beautiful face, … Continue reading

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Lucy [2014]

This film sounded like a re-tread of a very worn Science Fiction concept: the advancement of the Intelligence Quotient at the expense of a kind of Emotional Quotient. Super-powers queues up super-inhumanity. The first time I encountered this concept was … Continue reading

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